Former Cleveland outfielder Martin signs with Lotte Marines

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Former Cleveland outfielder Martin signs with Lotte Marines

Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has signed a one-year deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League

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TOKYO (AP) — Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has signed a one-year deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League.

Martín, who overcame a life-threatening bacterial infection last summer, was designated for assignment last month by the Indians. He was batting .199 with nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 65 games.

Cleveland acquired Martín from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline last season, but he played only six games before becoming ill and being hospitalized.

“It’s an honor to be given this chance by the Marines,” Martin said in a statement issued by the team. “I’ll do everything I can in order to be the best player and teammate that I can become.”

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